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Ellen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and finds the months of rain and gloom particularly conducive to creating in this genre. Ellen’s love for reading and writing developed at an early age and she wrote several short stories and plays which were lost over the years and many moves. Ellen’s passion for travel began when her Dad took a position with an international soft drink company and they moved to Bogota, Colombia. While in South America Ellen and her family lived in most of the major cities, including, Caracas, Venezuela, La Paz, Bolivia, Lima, Peru, Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ellen spent her high school years near Chicago and in the summer between high school and university moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she lived for the next thirty years.
In 1996 Ellen moved to Vancouver where she met and married the man of her dreams. While they were married, her husband, a French Canadian, introduced her to the French culture and in particular Southern France and for the first time in her life, Ellen felt like she’d come home. In addition to meeting her husband in Vancouver, Ellen put herself in training to lead Communication Courses with Landmark Worldwide. From 2003 until 2012, Ellen led and trained people in personal communication around the world, including Mexico City, the United States, Romania and the United Kingdom. She has led communication courses to over 20,000 people and now uses her experience and training to do personal coaching.
Ellen was first introduced to vampires through Anne Rice’s Interview with A Vampire, and although she fell in love with the book, vampires were not in the forefront of her reading must-haves. Then in 2003, a friend introduced her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ellen was fascinated by the idea of good and evil vampires. At that point she started reading every vampire novel she could find, particularly loving Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, JR Ward and Laurell K. Hamilton. In 2010 she wrote the first draft of her first novel. After recuperating from debilitating back pain and the death of her husband in 2011, Ellen hired a writing coach who over the next three years honed her writing skills. When Darkness Falls is the first in a series of books called The Vampire Redemption Series and is adult fiction. A publisher approached her in January of 2015 and the book was published in March of 2016. It is available on Amazon in both Kindle and print.